Build & maintain complex distributed systems
October 1–2, 2017: Training
October 2–4, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

FPGAs in the cloud?

Julien Simon (AWS)
2:25pm3:05pm Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Who is this presentation for?

  • Software engineers, hardware engineers, and data scientists

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of Boolean logic, cloud computing, and the Linux command-line interface

What you'll learn

  • Learn what an FGPA is, what you can do with them, and how you can deploy them in the AWS cloud


FPGAs have become a hot topic in the IT industry, thanks to the unprecedented computing power that they bring to demanding HPC applications, but the traditional route to FPGA-powered applications typically includes hardware prototyping, construction of a hardware appliance, and mass production, not to mention a lengthy sales and deployment cycle. AWS recently introduced FPGA-powered instances (aka F1 instances) to make the process simpler and quicker. Julien Simon walks you through building an FPGA-enabled application, from design to simulation to synthesis to execution on an F1 instance.

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Julien Simon


Julien Simon is a technical evangelist at AWS. Previously, Julien spent 10 years as a CTO and vice president of engineering at a number of top-tier web startups. He’s particularly interested in all things architecture, deployment, performance, scalability, and data. Julien frequently speaks at conferences and technical workshops, where he helps developers and enterprises bring their ideas to life thanks to the Amazon Web Services infrastructure.